A Hippocratic Oath for coders? New book from Microsoft looks to future of AI ethics
A horizon-scanning exercise by two leading Microsoft executives has taken shape in a new book, The Future Computed, available for download this week. Published by Microsoft, with a foreword by Brad Smith, Microsoft president and chief legal officer, and Harry Shum, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research group, the book looks to the future of AI ethics and imagines possible the risks of, and solutions to, AI’s greatest ethical hazards.
The writers posit that AI be developed with six core principles: “fair, reliable and safe, private and secure, inclusive, transparent, and accountable.”
Writing in Geekwire, tech journalist Monica Nickelsburg summarises the book’s contents, from its a call for stronger ethical guidelines for coders – up to and including a Hippocratic-style oath for data use – to greater roles for government in developing best practices for AI and integrating the technology into public systems.
Inevitably the book features a caution against overregulation, as you would expect from tech giant Microsoft. It also, according to Nickelsburg, lays the responsibility for safeguarding competition firmly at the door of legislators.
The Future Computed is available for download on the Microsoft website.